(Almost) all you need to know about: Tió de Nadal and the Caganer

The Tió is a much-loved Catalan tradition used to celebrate the Christmas season. It’s a log that is given human physical features, such as eyes, eyebrows, legs and a nose. It’s wrapped in a blanket for warmth and is crowned with the traditional Catalan barretina. The whole family customarily comes together before the beginning of…

5 Christmas markets

1. Fira de Santa Llúcia This year will mark the 230th edition of the Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona’s biggest and oldest Christmas market. Surrounded by sparkling lights in the heart of the Gothic quarter, colourful stands are grouped by different crafts. Look out for the handmade wooden pessebres. 2. Fira de Nadal a la…

Things to do this Christmas and New Year in Barcelona

Barcelona is bubbling with revellers at Christmastime. The city offers a variety of things to do, in the form of concerts, art exhibitions, dressed-up buildings, sporting events, markets, and of course the parties. And remember that the winter holidays in Barcelona go on until Kings’ Day on January 6, so here are some suggestions to…

The Three Kings’ toy factory

We’re at the Three Kings’ toy factory for Christmas as it opens up for visitors to see part of it, as long as they don’t interfere with the work being done there or course. This year you’ll find some elves who get in through a big secret door. You can make the most of the…

A few hours before the year ends, the Nose Race offers the chance to take part in the final running event of the year in Barcelona. The Nose Race is a chance to enjoy an athletics festival a few hours before the year ends. On 31 December, at 5.30 pm, thousands of runners will be…

Christmas at Poble Espanyol

From 8 to 11 December, Father Christmas will be opening his grotto to anyone wanting to meet him or deliver their letter to him in person. A Christmas market will also be held, a tió pooping Christmas log will be installed and there will be a magic show and workshops for children to learn how…

‘Elektra’

Mycenae, Greece. Elektra and Chrysothemis are the daughters of Queen Klytämnestra, who murdered her husband with the help of her lover Aegisth. Her daughters plan to take revenge but before they can do so, their brother Orest, who everyone believed was dead, returns. When he finds out what happened, he kills his mother and her…

Short is great

El Dia  més Curt [the shortest day] is an international event which started in 2011 with the aim of promoting the short film genre among the public. This year the event is on from 14 to 25 December and offers a carefully selected and free programme for all sectors of the public, providing a chance…

Gaixample: A Gay Neighbourhood in Barcelona

  When looking for nightlife around Barcelona, there are quite a few options you can take. There are bars that specialize in pretty much everything. From American bars to Irish pubs, there are many choices out there. Another way to explore the bars and nightlife is to go by neighbourhood. Each neighbourhood has a fairly…